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Old 04/26/2009, 07:00 PM   #1
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Arrow Where $50 got me - the official Wiz build

Hey all, Wiz in the house with something to talk about! So as some of you know i get a super sweet deal on a 125 gallon tank. What does it mean? Upgrade! Here is my thread and i hope many follow along. No need to read when pics say a 1000 words.

The 75 before the move (making way!):


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This is for now and i will be updating and detailing as long as i am working. Thanks for viewing! Wiz


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Old 04/26/2009, 07:44 PM   #2
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really hope your gonna skin that stand. LOL. Good luck and peaceful switchover.


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Old 04/26/2009, 07:46 PM   #3
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really hope your gonna skin that stand. LOL. Good luck and peaceful switchover.
Oh yeah, i just wanted an idea so i put the tank up there for temp. it's on the cold floor now but thanks and i really hope so


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Old 04/26/2009, 08:51 PM   #4
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you still going to need that reflector?


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Old 04/26/2009, 08:54 PM   #5
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I would look into reworking that stand..... the legs should be between the top rim and the base, not behind them.... If you wanted to you could also do the top and the legs with 2X6's and get rid of the center brace all together....

The way you have it now the weight of everything is being placed on the glue and screws connecting the legs and the top rim, you want the load to be dispersed from the top plate, down the legs to the base...

You should have 2 boards glued (titebond III) and screwed together to make a "L" to go between the top and bottom plate and then you put a nailing board behind them also glued and screwed to make sure it all stays straight. the nailing board in back should be shorter than the distance to the top and bottom plate though so it cant put more stress on a corner of the tank by not letting it sit perfectly flat.

This is before I put the cross braces into my tank but you can see the boards to make the "L" and the nailing board behind it that is slightly shorter than the distance between the top and the base...




You can also look into the DIY section for rocket engineers plans to get a feel for the "L" and nailing strips...

Im sure youre going to really enjoy the extra 2' of tank though.


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Old 04/26/2009, 09:39 PM   #6
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mystery-no sorry already found one for a sweet price too.

Cobra-thanks for the tip, let me look into that and see if I can redo the stand, I let my dad start it without my consent, grrr


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Old 04/26/2009, 10:02 PM   #7
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mystery-no sorry already found one for a sweet price too.

Cobra-thanks for the tip, let me look into that and see if I can redo the stand, I let my dad start it without my consent, grrr
Not a problem, I would just have hated to see something happen to it once it was up and full...


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Old 05/05/2009, 01:58 PM   #8
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Started Cycling (man is it a drag ):


More to come (finishing up the stand and canopy to paint)


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Old 05/05/2009, 02:15 PM   #9
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looking good!


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Old 05/05/2009, 02:52 PM   #10
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So you're leaving the stand with the supports like that ???

You're definitely braver than I am... I really hope nothing goes wrong with it....

Congrats on the new tank BTW....


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Old 05/05/2009, 02:58 PM   #11
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So you're leaving the stand with the supports like that ???

You're definitely braver than I am... I really hope nothing goes wrong with it....

Congrats on the new tank BTW....
Nope, you just don't see it i forgot to take pics of it but it follows your L-concept

Thanks! I'm really glad things are coming along well


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Old 05/05/2009, 11:07 PM   #12
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Looking great, wiz! Glad to see it coming together.


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Old 05/30/2009, 08:52 PM   #13
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Been awhile, time for an update.

Skinned:


1st coat of paint:


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Just completed...

Return:


Cycling is almost done with nitrates a bit high, yay!!!


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Old 06/17/2009, 12:01 PM   #14
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So i moved everything a week again and things have been great!

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Old 06/17/2009, 12:08 PM   #15
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what are those modules on your power stripe?


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Old 06/17/2009, 12:10 PM   #16
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X-10's for my aquacontroller.


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Old 06/17/2009, 12:32 PM   #17
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what's the 20G tank (covered) to the left under your stand?


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what's the 20G tank (covered) to the left under your stand?
Looks like an ATO. Notice the Tom's ALP on top of it.


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Old 06/17/2009, 12:42 PM   #19
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ahh makes sense


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Yep 10 gal top-off tank with kalk in it.


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Old 06/17/2009, 03:11 PM   #21
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you put your kalk in it?


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I'm skeptical of the $50 cost... Looks great!


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Old 06/17/2009, 03:20 PM   #23
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I'm skeptical of the $50 cost... Looks great!
Wish I saved the ad, it was lucky but time consuming. Hauling it and fixing it up, even after all my work you can still see the "used" marks.


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$50 was for the tank only right Wiz. I got a used 125 with stand and light for $150 so I can see someone getting one for even cheaper. You just have to be looking on the right site at the right time. lol


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$50 was for the tank only right Wiz. I got a used 125 with stand and light for $150 so I can see someone getting one for even cheaper. You just have to be looking on the right site at the right time. lol
Yes sir, funny though, everything else costs more than the tank, even the fish! Kinda reminds me of my uncle putting rims worth more than his car but yep i browsed craigslist everyday to get that and many other bargains.


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